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Oct 17, 2017 18:32:49   #
Grannysweet
 
This is for those who do not live in cotton country or have never seen a cotton field. I love this time of year. The first photo is a picture of some of my siblings in my childhood when cotton was picked by hand. My how times has changed. The other photos I took today showing the new equipment. It picks the cotton from the stalk and when enough is in the machine it forms it into a roll, wraps it in plastic and dumps it out and later a machine will gather the big rolls and haul it to the cotton gins. I love watching it.


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Oct 17, 2017 18:55:43   #
SueScott (a regular here)
 
Wow! Those monstrous machines look like something from "Star Wars"!

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Oct 17, 2017 18:56:03   #
cessnalvr (a regular here)
 
Nice pics. I had been waiting on a good field where i could get the truck parked safe to take a couple pics. Nice job

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Oct 17, 2017 19:02:11   #
Richard Spencer (a regular here)
 
What memories. I lived in Southeast Missouri and picked cotton by hand until I was 16 years old. Had a chance to go to a trade school and learn a trade and left the cotton fields in 1943. That was one hard way to earn a little money.

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Oct 17, 2017 19:19:25   #
Jay Pat (a regular here)
 
Well captured series!!!
Pat

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Oct 17, 2017 20:07:45   #
Cwilson341 (a regular here)
 
Excellent and educational series! In Southern Georgia I've noticed that there are bits of cotton all along the side of the road this time of year.

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Oct 18, 2017 02:24:35   #
Grannysweet
 
We are surrounded by cotton fields. Don't have to go far to find one. They are beautiful right now but they are being picked fast. Even picking at night.
cessnalvr wrote:
Nice pics. I had been waiting on a good field where i could get the truck parked safe to take a couple pics. Nice job

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Oct 18, 2017 02:27:47   #
Grannysweet
 
We are in Sikeston, MO. Just about the northern most area that grows cotton. Never see any if you go north 10 miles. We picked cotton by hand too. You probably remember cotton vacations from school, although it was no vacation.....
Richard Spencer wrote:
What memories. I lived in Southeast Missouri and picked cotton by hand until I was 16 years old. Had a chance to go to a trade school and learn a trade and left the cotton fields in 1943. That was one hard way to earn a little money.

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Oct 18, 2017 07:28:46   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Thanks!

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Oct 18, 2017 08:16:09   #
merrytexan (a regular here)
 
Grannysweet wrote:
This is for those who do not live in cotton country or have never seen a cotton field. I love this time of year. The first photo is a picture of some of my siblings in my childhood when cotton was picked by hand. My how times has changed. The other photos I took today showing the new equipment. It picks the cotton from the stalk and when enough is in the machine it forms it into a roll, wraps it in plastic and dumps it out and later a machine will gather the big rolls and haul it to the cotton gins. I love watching it.
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great shots of the cotton harvest, grannysweet! my dad was a farmer and grew cotton, so i know exactly how you feel about it.
i love the first shot of your siblings in the field.

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Oct 18, 2017 09:13:56   #
Michael Boggia
 
Excellent pictures. We live a few miles from the cotton fields in Pima County, AZ. It is interesting to watch the cotton grow from tiny shoots to big sturdy plants and then into a field of white in fall. It's about picking time out here and the farmers have switched from the big rectangular bales to the rolled ones covered with plastic. Quite a change from hand picking, bleeding fingers and back breaking days.

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Oct 18, 2017 12:15:35   #
Yankeepapa6
 
Grannysweet wrote:
This is for those who do not live in cotton country or have never seen a cotton field. I love this time of year. The first photo is a picture of some of my siblings in my childhood when cotton was picked by hand. My how times has changed. The other photos I took today showing the new equipment. It picks the cotton from the stalk and when enough is in the machine it forms it into a roll, wraps it in plastic and dumps it out and later a machine will gather the big rolls and haul it to the cotton gins. I love watching it.
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Very interesting. I guess cotton is now back on the accepted list.

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Oct 18, 2017 23:15:59   #
Swamp-Cork (a regular here)
 
Excellent set, Alma and have seen growing it in the field , but have never witnessed it being harvested!

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